2. The Story of Holly and Ivy (by Rumer Godden): This one takes us a couple of reading periods to get through, but it is so well worth it. This is the story of an orphan who wants a grandmother, a doll who wants a home, and a woman who wants a family. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.
3. The House Without a Christmas Tree (by Gail Rock): I loved this TV special when I was a kid, but I’m not sure I’d ever read the book until a few years ago when I picked it up at a yard sale. Now my daughter and I read this story annually of a girl who begs her father for a Christmas tree, and I always cry at the end.
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My favorite Christmas book, hands down, is “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” I haven’t read it to my kids yet – this is the first year we’re getting into chapter books with them. I admit that I’ve kind of avoided reading it out loud with them because I can’t get through the last 15 pages or so without crying.
Sarah at SmallWorld says
Oh yes! We just finished reading The Best Christmas today again. I forgot how much I love it!
I like “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” I read it with my family every year.
One Wintry Night is a good one.
What an awesome tradition! My husband has been buying me a a disk of Christmas music every year for years now, but I was just looking at my collection & feeling like it was enough. Maybe next year we’ll have to switch to books instead! And I love the idea of having a stash of Christmas books, like we do with the Christmas music. What a lovely tradition!
I love “The Three Trees” also. We just read “Father and Son, A Nativity Story” for the first time after I checked it out at our local library. It talks about how Joseph may have felt about being the earthly stepfather of Jesus. It was a thought provoking book and my 7 yr old enjoyed it.
Thanks for the list; I always love to discover new books! Here are our favorites right now (geared toward toddlers):
My favorite for the board book stage is B is for Bethlehem. The illustrations are breath-taking, and it’s a fun read! http://www.amazon.com/Bethlehem-Christmas-Alphabet-Board-Book/dp/0525473238/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1292770689&sr=8-1
I’ll have to check out The Tale of Three Trees…it sounds wonderful. Here are some of our favorites this year: http://morethanmundane.wordpress.com/2010/12/11/christmas-picture-books/
Thanks for the book suggestions! Two others we really like are “A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree” and “Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect.”
Jeri Graybill says
I love all these suggestions. Many of them we haven’t read, so I am on my way to the library today!
My all time favorites are The Best Christmas Pagaent Ever and Max Lucado’s The Crippled Lamb.